Bikeway Event Ride: Up and Down Cascade Siskiyou Bikeway Ride July 22nd 2017, Hold the date!
The Cascade Siskiyou Bikeway incorporates 5,000 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah into fir forests, showcasing
the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the region.
The 55-mile bikeway starts in Ashland, famous for theater, fantastic dining, and a great base camp for many outdoor recreation opportunities.
The region is so ecologically significant that 62,000 acres of it is designated as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
The bikeway climbs oak-dotted mountainsides with spectacular views of the Bear Creek Valley below and Pilot Rock, a 25-million-year-old volcanic plug, standing sentinel over the valley. In spring, wildflowers cover this savannah ecosystem as red tailed hawks soar overhead.
Above the oak savannah, the bikeway enters the Cascades ecosystem, with tall pines and Douglas firs providing welcome shade on the way to 4,551-foot Greensprings Summit. Riders can opt for a 5-mile out-and-back to historic Tub Springs State Wayside, where you can fill water bottles from a cold, pure mountain spring, just as emigrants traveling the Applegate Trail did in the 1800s.
Near Hyatt Reservoir you’ll see views of 9,000-foot Mount McLoughlin, with glimpses of osprey and bald eagles nesting.
Just when you thought the climbing was over, there is one final 3-mile climb through the wildflower-covered alpine meadows of Lily Glen and Buck Prairie before a thrilling, winding 13-mile descent back to Ashland.
Bike campers can plan a two-day adventure by staying at one of several campgrounds near Hyatt Reservoir or Howard Prairie Lake. A popular locals’ variation is to ride the 3,000 feet up to Greensprings Inn for brunch, returning to the town the same way, making it only a 35 mile ride.